TELEGRAPH PARK IS OPEN!
How did the Park get it's name?
Camping Sites & Fishing Pond
Built: 1876 to 1876
Significant Date(s) 1876 to 1879
Theme(s) Developing Economies : Communications and Transportation
Historic Function(s): Industry : Communications Facility
Current Function(s): Camp Ground
Context: HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE:
The Hay Lakes station was probably constructed in 1876 when the western section of the line was being strung. The station was not functional until Nov. 20, 1877 when Major Jarvisof Fort Saskatchewan transmitted the first message over this section of the line from Hay Lakes to Col. Walker in Battleford. Mr. James McKernan was the first official repairman at Hay Lakes and the first unofficial operator. He maintained the line between the western terminous and Grissly Bear, Coulle. In 1879, Mr. J. McKernan was replaced by Alex Taylor. He may have remained as repairman. After an office was established in Edmonton in 1879 it is unlikely that few messages were transmitted from Hay Lakes. It was used as a repairman's hut.
Site Data Form (February 5, 1975)
The Telegraph Park Committee relies on volunteers. If you feel that you want to sit on the Telegraph Park Board or volunteer at the park please call the Village Office at 780-878-3200. We will put you in contact with the right people!
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
Come check out Hay Lake's own campground and stocked fishing pond, a 1/4 mile down Highway 617 from the Village
Contact info: 780-878-3200
Seasonal open dates: May to September but year round camping can be arranged with Village Office
Individual Sites are 'first come, first served'
Powered sites: 22
Tenting sites allowed
Site power: 15 Amps, 30 Amps
Site rates (not including GST)
Non Powered: $25 nightly
Long term rental discounts available
Group Site: $250 per night, plus $250 damage deposit. Cost is good for up to ten units, each additional unit is $35. Reservations are required and spots book up fast, so please call in advance. The group site is a large gated area with a cookshack.
Telegraph park has a picnic shelter, day-use area, a hiking trails, horseshoe pit, interpretive trails and a playground. We also have firewood available and sewage services available at the Gas Station in the village.
Now with credit or debit available for bookings made during business hours.